10 Nursing Essentials For Breastfeeding Mamas
Although breastfeeding your baby means solely using your body to feed your baby, there are so many products available that actually make the entire process so much easier. Whether you're breastfeeding now or plan on breastfeeding in the future, there are a few essentials out there that will add something extra to your nursing experience so you can focus more on bonding with your baby and less on the fact that your other boob is leaking all over the place.
Because breastfeeding and pumping require access to most of your boob, a nursing bra with clip-on straps or a removable panel for easy access can make the process so much more seamless (no pun intended), especially if you're out and about rather than in the comfort of your own home.
Whether you're supplementing breastfeeding with formula or pumping while at work or away, a bottle with a nipple that'll make baby feel like he's drinking from your actual breast or one that can control the temperature of your breast milk can take their feeding routine up a notch.
Nursing Tank Tops
If you're in public, not into nursing topless, or just want the convenience of clothes that work with you throughout your time breastfeeding, a great nursing tank with crossover panels or straps that clip on and off can be a lifesaver.
Unfortunately, sore and cracked nipples are par for the course when breastfeeding a little one — take care of your girls with a nipple butter or cream that can soothe irritation and pain.
If you're heading back to work or going on a trip or you need a little help boosting your supply, a good breast pump might start to feel like an additional appendage. The best part? Some breast pumps are covered by health insurance — contact your healthcare provider to learn more!
Spectra S1 Double Single Breast Pump with Rechargeable Battery Hospital Grade ($178, originally $200)
If you're into being covered while nursing on the go, a nursing cover can actually be used for a number of additional tasks — like doubling as a fashion accessory, cleaning spit-up, or acting as a stroller blanket or car seat cover — that will make it a worthwhile investment.